Got started this morning perusing the web and collecting links, but found there was one place I couldn't go: The S-R site. Because this post is available, you know that changed, but for a long time there I was shut out at home. Sort of like my baseball career. Anyhow, today's post is split between football from around the conference and basketball, which starts tonight. Read on.
• Washington State: We put together a basketball story that previewed practice openings at WSU and the other local Division I programs. ... Football-wise, ESPN.com's Ted Miller has this on WSU and a very important four-letter word: hope.
• Around the Pac-10: We'll start with Miller's Pac-10 picks and follow that with the picks of Buster Sports' Nick Daschel. It seemed like a good Friday thing to do. gives out grades for the weekend. ... Washington: The Huskies will be facing ASU's heat up front. ... Oregon State: What's going on at Reser Stadium? Where are the crowds? ... Basketball coach Craig Robinson wants Beavers to dream big. ... Oregon: Are the Ducks the best one-loss team in the country? Are they the best one-loss team in the conference? ... Ernie Kent is looking for a turn-around season. If not, will he be back? ... Cal: As goes Kevin Riley, so goes the Bears. ... Cal is one of the Pac-10 basketball favorites. ... Stanford: The Cardinal can't pry the ball away from their opponents. ... USC: To beat Notre Dame, you must control Jimmy Clausen. ... To win basketball games, Kevin O'Neill – Dick Bennett's favorite college basketball coach – will have to use smoke and mirrors. ...UCLA: The Bruins' kickoff coverage isn't good. ... The basketball team is starting over. ... Arizona State: When Craig Bray left WSU, the Cougars not only lost an assistant coach, but his son as a player as well. ... ASU's players say they know how to win basketball games. ... Arizona: The Wildcats will have their hands full with Stanford's running game. ... New basketball coach Sean Miller doesn't believe in madness.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back later. Until then …